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Natural Talent 2018

The trainees for the 2018 Natural Talent programme are:

The Natural Talent UK traineeship programme aims to increase expertise across the whole of the UK to protect our less well known species and create awareness of the habitats that support them.  Thanks to funding from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, this UK-wide scheme follows on from the very successful Natural Talent Apprenticeship programme that delivered 44 apprenticeships between 2006 and 2016, and was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. 

Both programmes have responded to identified skills shortages in the conservation sector by providing trainees with the opportunity to develop an expertise in a specific taxonomic group, habitat or a mixture of both. Natural Talent UK is also increasing the capacity of volunteers and communities to play an active role in surveying, mapping and taking action to increase the biodiversity of their local places.

This ground-breaking TCV programme has built upon the existing partnerships that TCV has across the UK, whilst also working with new partners to explore fresh areas of study. 

"At RBGE, we have found that Natural Talent UK is effective in supporting exceptional individuals who go on to make a fundamental difference to our understanding of the natural world, and can effectively communicate the importance of nature to society."  Dr Chris Ellis, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

TCV and its partners developed an exciting mix of 12 month placements for 2017, providing each trainee with a bursary of £12,510, as well as a training, travel and equipment budget.

Amy Styles, Natural Talent Coordinator, says: "We are delighted to operate the Natural Talent UK traineeship scheme and help to train the next generation of naturalists. There is a recognised gap in expertise that threatens many of the UK’s lesser known species. TCV’s Natural Talent UK programme aims to change this by giving individuals the opportunity to learn about some wonderful and less well known species and their habitats.”

The trainees for the 2017 Natural Talent programme were:

Click on the link to find out more about the trainees and their work.


The placements for 2015 and 2016 were as follows. Click to read the trainee's case studies;

You can read more about what it's like to be a trainee on our Blogs, and you can follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.


If you’d like to find out more about the Natural Talent UK programme, please contact:

Amy Styles, Natural Talent Coordinator

TCV Scotland
Balallan House
24 Allan Park

Tel: 01786 479697
Mobile: 07825 056572